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Emory Peak, Big Bend National Park

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Emory Peak, located in Big Bend National Park, is the highest peak in the Chisos Mountains. and the highest in Brewster County. The peak is named for William H. Emory, the chief surveyor of the U.S. Boundary Survey team of 1852. From the Chisos Basin the peak appears to be a minor ridge, while the summit of Casa Grande, one mile closer, seems to be much taller. From the west, Emory Peak is clearly visible as a point slightly higher than most of the mountain range.The peak can be reached by a moderate hike on a well-marked path across steep rocky terrain with an elevation gain of approximately 2500ft. The Emory Peak Trail is about long. Once at the base there is a semi-technical rock scramble to navigate before reaching the summit. No gear is needed for this climb although hikers should take great care. High-desert flora and fauna including alligator juniper, pinyon pine, mule deer, sotol, and Texas madrone may be seen along the trail. There are signs warning of mountain lions and bears.
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  • We couldn't park at the Lost Mine Trail so we headed to Emory Peak. This is pretty much an all day hike for as we are in our 60's and uphill all the way. (Both ways?). We had 2l. hydration packs and r...  more »
  • 5.3 mile hike up with great views throughout the entire hike. The first 3.8 miles is the pinnacle trail and the last 1.5 is the actual ascent to Emory Peak. I am not going to lie, this hike was a lot ...  more »
  • From the Chisos Mountain Lodge (trailhead) its about a 6-7 hours round trip to the summit and back to the car park. The trail starts off fairly easy for the first couple of hours then it gets very ste...  more »